Provence cues images of perfectly chilled rosé and fragrant lavender fields. But there’s way more to this splendid region in southeastern France than you’ve seen on Instagram. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, as it’s formally known, stretches from the Alps and the Italian border and the Mediterranean Sea and covers countless hilltop villages, national parks, dramatic coastal cliffs, buzzy resorts, olive groves and vineyards.
As you might have guessed (or garnered from social media), summer is the most popular time to visit as the lavender blooms in the Luberon and glittering beaches of Côte d’Azur draw sun-seekers and jetsetters from around the world. Expect to pay a premium, especially if you’re keen to stay in the lap of luxury at one of the ritzy five-star properties such as Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa just outside the town of Gargas or Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. Trying to stick to a budget? Holiday rentals and mid-range hotels offer more affordable alternatives. While late spring and early fall are more wallet-friendly and less crowded times to visit that still have picture-perfect weather.
Narrowing it down to just 15 fabulous things to do in a region filled with thousands of worthwhile sites, activities and destinations wasn’t easy. If your goal is to pack all the food, wine, culture and history of Provence into an unforgettable trip, def bookmark this list!